City Logistics helping the city development of Sze.. (CITYLOG)
City Logistics helping the city development of Szeged and Subotica
Start date: Dec 31, 2012,
End date: Dec 30, 2013
Freight transport in the centres of Szeged and Subotica is fastly becoming an issue for both cities. The pull of retail facilities on the outskirts creates a competitive environment for shopkeepers. New developments in downtown areas, policy shift at both national and European levels towards environmentally friendly modes of transport create a tension between the shopkeepers, logistic operators and city developers, transport planners. Experts from the two cities will gather information from stakeholders, study the already implemented solutions and analyze how they fit into the local socio-economical environment. A set of possible solutions and funding sources will be offered for the beneficiaries and decision makers. Achievements: Freight transport in the centres of Szeged and Subotica has been an issue for both cities. Placing retail facilities on the outskirts of the cities would create a competitive environment for shopkeepers. However, new developments in the central areas and the policy shift at both national and European levels towards environmentally friendly modes of transport, cause tensions between the shopkeepers and logistics operators on one side and city developers and transport planners on the other. Experts from these two cities gathered information from stakeholders, studied solutions that have already been implemented and analysed how they fit into the local socio-economic environment. A set of possible solutions and funding sources was offered to the beneficiaries and decision-makers. Currently there are no adequate solutions to this complex problem but the project partners’ efforts were valuable especially in reconciling the interests of stakeholders, which were convicting at times, in the fields of transport, economy, commerce and urban planning. They took the first step towards the harmonious development of cities in the border region.
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